La Canfora’s reasoning was a mixture of recent production and monetary issues.
“Bailey had a brutal time of it in the postseason, the Broncos have emerging young corners and owner Pat Bowlen has had them operating on a tight budget.”
Bailey has been a rock in the defense for the Broncos since he was traded by Washington in 2004. But La Canfora’s reasons make sense – specifically, the one about his bloated contract and Pat Bowlen’s attempts to be frugal. Bailey is due $9 million in 2013, plus a $1 million roster bonus, as part of a four-year contract extension he signed last February with Denver.
But there might be one thing keeping that deal from ever happening: Unloading Bailey for monetary reasons would be a PR nightmare for the team. Getting rid of a 12-time Pro Bowl player is tough to spin.
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